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d_r

(6,907 posts)
Sun Feb 7, 2021, 10:59 PM Feb 2021

We are going to get there

Today I volunteered at a vaccination sight. We vaccinated 1100 human beings from all walks of life, mostly older folks of course but some younger like first responders. All kinds of people. At least one ww2 veteran. So many men, black and white who were vietnam veterans. So many loving families, wives driving their husbands and husbands driving wives, so many children and grand children bringing their loved ones. Single people. A notable number of Asian kids driving their grandparents. Different backgrounds and languages and car stickers all over the map and everyone just wanting to take care of them and make it ok.

Listen there were some heart breakers who couldn't get the vaccine themselves because they were a year too young and so on, and that sucked. But I came away feeling more hope than I've felt in a while. Yes we need more vaccine and we need it faster. But we will make it. We are good people in this country. We still are, we really still are. We are going to get through this and we are going to make it.

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We are going to get there (Original Post) d_r Feb 2021 OP
Thank you.... OAITW r.2.0 Feb 2021 #1
when i got one MFM008 Feb 2021 #2
1100 vaccinations in one day. God love you and the other volunteers. Irish_Dem Feb 2021 #3
I cried when I got mine Generic Other Feb 2021 #4
"We are going to get through this" MackinacBridge Feb 2021 #5
Welcome to DU, MackinacBridge! CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2021 #6
Thank you MackinacBridge Feb 2021 #14
Greetings from the Grand Rapids area! UrbScotty Feb 2021 #9
Hey, Neighbor! MackinacBridge Feb 2021 #15
K&R. Thank you for your service and positive thoughts. KY_EnviroGuy Feb 2021 #7
No sign of a vaccine here Meowmee Feb 2021 #8
Going in to get my first vaccination in two hours, I'm 70, got the notice to make apt last night msfiddlestix Feb 2021 #10
you are going to be fine. d_r Feb 2021 #12
You're Right! I am Fine! msfiddlestix Feb 2021 #16
They are slim needles d_r Feb 2021 #17
Neighbors in my Village, got the phizer a few weeks ago msfiddlestix Feb 2021 #18
Thank you for volunteering. Aristus Feb 2021 #11
thank you d_r Feb 2021 #13

MFM008

(19,887 posts)
2. when i got one
Sun Feb 7, 2021, 11:03 PM
Feb 2021

the great majority looked older 55 and up.
but its hopeful to hear.
They should try to get one to as many people as possible.
Even with the variants.

Irish_Dem

(52,540 posts)
3. 1100 vaccinations in one day. God love you and the other volunteers.
Sun Feb 7, 2021, 11:05 PM
Feb 2021

You are making history.
You are saving lives.

Generic Other

(28,982 posts)
4. I cried when I got mine
Sun Feb 7, 2021, 11:10 PM
Feb 2021

Thanked the first responders. Did not expect to feel so emotionally drained. Thanks for volunteering!

MackinacBridge

(28 posts)
5. "We are going to get through this"
Sun Feb 7, 2021, 11:10 PM
Feb 2021

Yes, yes we will. Of course not all are getting through unscathed, sadly. But I know what you mean, and I appreciate your hopeful message.

Thank you for working at the vaccination site today.

MackinacBridge

(28 posts)
14. Thank you
Tue Feb 9, 2021, 03:53 PM
Feb 2021

I've relied on DU for news (and sanity!) the last four years. This year I decided to join in because honestly I got tired of missing out on all the heart fun and also knew it was high time I pitched in a bit to support this site.

MackinacBridge

(28 posts)
15. Hey, Neighbor!
Tue Feb 9, 2021, 04:00 PM
Feb 2021

I'm an hour north of you, and three hours south of the Mighty Mac. Enjoy that sunshine out there today (and ignore the wind chill!)

KY_EnviroGuy

(14,542 posts)
7. K&R. Thank you for your service and positive thoughts.
Mon Feb 8, 2021, 03:06 AM
Feb 2021

We're a nation of baby steps regarding this pandemic and today, you helped with one of those steps....

Meowmee

(5,164 posts)
8. No sign of a vaccine here
Mon Feb 8, 2021, 03:07 AM
Feb 2021

You can’t even get an appointment. The website was down when it said there were available appointments. Then all of a sudden there were none when it came back up. Lots of cheating going on. I am going to try calling instead of the website next week.

Some high risk/ older people are not going to make it or get there because they are going to get covid when they should have already had the vaccine.

msfiddlestix

(7,329 posts)
10. Going in to get my first vaccination in two hours, I'm 70, got the notice to make apt last night
Tue Feb 9, 2021, 11:55 AM
Feb 2021

in a text msg. It's not the way I expected to be notified. I'm a Kaiser member, and this isn't with Kaiser. It's the County Health Dept and because I'm a low income Senior, I fell into a category (I guess) or a targeted group for this particular vaccination drive.

I'm a little bit scaredy. But I hate needles and shots and get them for everything else.

It's interesting cuz I double checked my Kaiser page to see if they're now scheduling my age group, but no they're still doing 75 and older. so I guess I'll keep this appointment and get the shot today.

msfiddlestix

(7,329 posts)
16. You're Right! I am Fine!
Tue Feb 9, 2021, 04:11 PM
Feb 2021

I was shocked that I didn't FEEL a thing! It seems that slimmer needles are being used? I don't know, but it was unusually painless.

Had to wait 30 min to satisfy reaction observation requirements.

Came home to catch Raskin's closing. Brought me down to tears. I hope I'll be able to find a video of the opening. I hear it was powerful.

d_r

(6,907 posts)
17. They are slim needles
Tue Feb 9, 2021, 06:28 PM
Feb 2021

I know that pfizer sends their own, not sure about moderna. The second dose may be more uncomfortable but it is a good sign that it is working and your immune system is recognizing it.

msfiddlestix

(7,329 posts)
18. Neighbors in my Village, got the phizer a few weeks ago
Tue Feb 9, 2021, 07:39 PM
Feb 2021

And the only complaint was a very sore arm, although they too didn't feel the shot.

So far my arm isn't sore at all. It's been about 5 hours now. maybe it'll get sore later. xing fingers it won't last long.

I'm hoping the 2nd dose is just as comfortable as this one was.

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